PARSIPPANY, NJ--(Marketwire - Dec 14, 2012) - RCI®, the global leader in vacation exchange, was recently recognized by the St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association (SHTA) with a Crystal Pineapple Award in the category of Outstanding Tourism Industry Partner. The award winners were recognized at a ceremony on Nov. 30 at the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino in St. Maarten.
"SHTA has unanimously chosen RCI as the recipient of its 2012 Outstanding Tourism Industry Partner Award," said Alfred Harley, executive director of the SHTA. "This award recognizes international industry partners that have made a significant contribution toward the development of our tourism industry, and in this case we are confident that the timeshare industry on St. Maarten has benefited tremendously from a fruitful relationship with RCI."
Among RCI's contributions to the tourism industry in St. Maarten, the SHTA cited RCI's ability to gather, analyze and provide information about timeshare exchange travel trends on the island. With this information, businesses were able to tailor their tourism products and services to grow the industry in St. Maarten. RCI, along with other timeshare industry leaders, also worked with the SMTA to draft comprehensive legislation to assist in the regulation of the timeshare industry, which was submitted to Parliament and the Minister of Justice in October.
"We are so happy to be presented with this prestigious award," said Eugenio Macouzet, managing director, RCI Caribbean. "The timeshare industry has developed quickly and beautifully on the island of St. Maarten, and we look forward to being a part of its continued growth in the future."
RCI became the first vacation exchange company in St. Maarten in the early 1980s through an affiliation with the island's first timeshare property, the Pelican Resort. RCI is now affiliated with more than 20 quality properties on the island.
RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with over 4,000 affiliated resorts in approximately 100 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through RCI® Weeks, the traditional week-for-week exchange system, and RCI Points®, the industry's first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its approximately 3.7 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI is part of Wyndham Exchange & Rentals and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (